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SEIU-funded study blasts Schwarzenegger budget

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Sacramento Bee

A study released Thursday by the UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education says that the governor’s proposed budget would cost the state 330,000 full-time-equivalent jobs. That would hike California’s unemployment rate by another 1.8 percentage points. The bulk of the losses, according to the study, would come from major health and human service programs that bring in federal matching funds.

Worth noting: The study was funded by Service Employees International Union.

We asked for a response from Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear, who noted that the center was also behind a study that similarly criticized furloughs.

“This is essentially an SEIU press release that proposes to raise taxes,” McLear said.